Leisure activities

Ice fishing on Oeschinen Lake at the Jungfrau-Aletsch Unesco World Heritage Site

Try your luck on the frozen Oeschinen Lake – a different kind of fishing experience!

The mountain lake above Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland lies in a hollow at an altitude of almost 1600 metres. Because it is surrounded on three sides by high mountains, it gets icy cold here in winter. The lake is covered by an ice layer 30–50 centimetres thick in winter. Ice fishing is possible on the lake from 1 January to around mid-March.

With the RegioExpress you travel from Bern directly to Kandersteg. You can reach Lake Oeschinen from the mountain station of the Oeschinensee gondola lift on foot in 25 minutes.


Ice fishing

Ice fishing is possible from approx. 1 January until mid-March.
The last descent is at 5 pm. All ice fishers must then descend into the valley.

Provided the lake is accessible.
The thickness of the ice and the avalanche situation are monitored. Pay attention to the information signs at the mountain railway stations and at the Oeschinensee restaurant! They indicate whether and where it is possible to walk on the lake. Access at all times is at your own risk.

Info line: Tel. 033 552 18 04

Gondola lift operating hours

22 December 2023 to 17 March 2024
09.00–17.00 hours (last ascent at 16.50 hours)


Ice fishing day ticket

  • CHF 32.00 Adults
  • CHF 20.00 Adolescents up to 16 years
  • CHF 26.00 Trainees up to 25 years


Sales points for daily fishing permits

  • Restaurant Oeschinensee (directly at the Oeschinensee)
  • Tourist Center Kandersteg

Two fishing rods per person are allowed. More information about the fishing permit.

Gondola cableway

  • CHF 32.00 Adults return
  • CHF 16.00 Adults Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, SwissPass return
  • CHF 24.00 Adults simple
  • CHF 12.00 Adults Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, SwissPass simple
  • CHF 25.60 Groups return
  • CHF 12.80 Groups Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, SwissPass return
  • CHF 19.20 Groups simple
  • CHF 9.60 Groups Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, SwissPass simple


Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

Fishing items and ice drills

No equipment such as drills or rods are rented or sold at Lake Oeschinen - please bring all necessary utensils with you.

In Kandersteg, auger and rods can be rented by advance reservation:

Bernhard Lauber, Innere Dorfstrasse 88, 3718 Kandersteg
Tel.: +41 (0) 79 282 14 67 (18.30–20.00)

How to get there

Travel by train to Kandersteg. From Kandersteg station you can take the local bus or walk (10-15 minutes) to the Oeschinensee cable car station.

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